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Thursday, June 23, 2011

2012 Suzuki V-Storm 650

The Indian market already has the Hyosung GT650R and the Kawasaki Ninja 650R and at this point of time in the Indian market, Suzuki coming up a new and refreshed V-Storm 650 internationally, looks very prudent indeed, as at some point of time, Suzuki would also bring in it's 650cc, middle-weight segment competition in India.

The Suzuki V-Storm has been in the middle-weight touring segment of the market since 2004 and has remained majorly unchanged since then. In 2006, the optional ABS version of the V-Storm was released, with the rest of the bike remaining more or less same. With the 650cc segment heating up and people wanting more affordable and yet fun options, Suzuki came up with the revised V-Storm 650 just at the right time.

Suzuki has been teasing us with this middle-weight segment competitor for around a month now and last night, gave us a full blown glimpse of what's coming. Going by the site homepage, I think, this is deliberate leak into the details, while still trying to maintain anonymity about the bike. So, what has come up in the shape of images and specs speaks of a well rounded sports tourer, much in the lines of the Kawasaki Ninja 650R.

The engine is based on the SFV650 Gladius, though has been re-tuned to low and mid-range torque to suit V-Storm's sport adventure nature. Look wise nothing seems have changed much apart from the front fairing and the side strakes, apart from which the bike looks pretty much the same as the outgoing model.

Liquid cooled, four stroke, 90° V-Twin, 2 cylinders,DOHC
Bore x Stroke 81.0 X 62.6mm
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Fuel Injection
Ignition  /  Starting
Electronic Ignition  /  electric
Max Power
Max Torque
Transmission  /  Drive
6 Speed  /  chain
Front Suspension
Telescopic, coil spring, oil-damped
Rear Suspension
Link type, coil spring, oil-damped
Front Brakes
Twin Disc
Rear Brakes
Single Disc
Front Tyre
110/80R19 M/C 59H Tubeless
Rear Tyre
150/70R17 M/C 69H, Tubeless

217 kg (STD)/220 kg (ABS)
Fuel Capacity 
20 Litres

For more details on the features, please refer to the brochure below

Once released internationally, I'm pretty sure that the new V-Storm 650 would make it to Indian shores, the only thing that would be interesting to see is at what price it comes as the 650cc middle-weight segment is already at war in India.

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  1. hi sajal
    are u a bike specialist?
    Im in dire need to buy a bike preferably platina 125
    but the problem is i dont know to ride but it is needed now
    how can i learn the quickest/
    help me

  2. @doctor

    Well bro, being called a bike specialist is a very big thing in my opinion .... so let's just say... I'm an enthusiasts and lover of these two wheeled miracles and thereby know them :)

    The Platina 125 is an amazing bike in it's class. If you can balance a bi-cycle, then you should not have any issues balancing the bike. For learning how to ride a motorcycle quickly, here are my two cents -

    1) DON'T RUSH YOURSELF TOWARDS THE BIKE. Meaning, give yourself ample time to get familiar with the bike.

    2) Wake up early morning, find an empty place like a parking lot or field, grab a friend of yours and practice the clutch, throttle and brakes. That's paramount. The faster you get familiar with the clutch, throttle and brakes the quicker you would learn.

    3) When you are done with clutch, throttle and brakes, it's time to practice how the bike behaves in turns, slow and tight turns, because that's what you gonna face in traffic. While turning keep your focus more on the rear brake than on the front brake.

    4) Braking is one thing that you keep on practicing and it's never enough. Braking in straight line is different from braking on curves, then there is braking in wet and sand, panic braking. So, give yourself as much time as possible to practice braking, even after you and your machine are talking freely to each other. (I still do that when ever I get time)

    5) Always hold front brake lever towards it's end, it give you more leverage.

    6) Initially the bike would stall and that's bound to happen, so don't get freaked out. Plantina 125 has thumb starter, so you won't be having much hassles in starting the bike. But remember don't over use the thumb starter as it would hamper the bikes electronics and drain out the battery. Use the kick and the thumb starter alternatively.

    7) Unless and until you are confident with your bike, don't take pillion in traffic.

    8) Platina has Ride Control switch, so initially I would suggest to keep it to restricted mode, which basically restricts how much throttle you can play with.

    I say if you practice religiously, you can take the bike out in traffic with confidence in week ;)


Item Reviewed: 2012 Suzuki V-Storm 650 Description: Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Sajal
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